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. secondly, there is absolutely no chance the president's request to have a permanent, unlimited debt ceiling will kerr. this is constitutional -- will poker. as we have seen in the past it's also been a helpful tool not only on checks and balances but to enact spending reforms and restraints that can be helpful, although in my view have not been helpful as they have in the past. a third point is that the claim we heard earlier today that a short-term extension of the debt limit may raise the u.s. government debt service costs. that is highly speculative. but rooney 11 gao study showed significant results. three out of every five had no impact. the 2012 report was based on only one event. statistically inconclusive. the bipartisan estimate are based upon both of these gao studies, and they missed the point. the fact of the matter is unsustainable spending over time without doubt will raise cost of our borrowing in america. that's why we are all here today to deal with this issue, or attempt to give our best insight. i'd like to ask dr. foster a question with related to the debt ceiling. many
with this issue. it will be thought of as a responsible not raise the debt ceiling. in my view, it is changing the way we do business here, starting with the approval of the budget. it is compassionate to spend money, how can it be compassionate that is the next generation. there is no question but what the debt and deficit is a drag on that opportunity. we have a responsibility for american citizens to right this wrong. >> said on the senate budget committee and i can say that the most disappointing part of having served the last two years is a relatively new member, it blows my mind that the senate democrats were not willing to do a budget when you're over $16 trillion in debt. we talked about the ipad that has come into existence during the 40 or so we haven't had a budget. i have a 5-year-old son named jacob. so most of his lifetime we have not had a budget. the failure to prioritize spending. and i think about that, i know it's about him. if we can do a budget for this country and we can't prioritize spending and have a fiscal blueprint, to make sure that we get ourselves on a responsible
not raise the debt ceiling. especially in the absence of changing the way we do business here, starting with the approval of a the budget. it is thought to be compassionate to spend money that is not yours that is the next-generation? for our country to have growth and economic opportunity, there is no question that it is a drag on that opportunity. we have a chance to right this wrong. >> is on the senate budget committee and i can tell you that the most disappointing part is it about not doing a budget for this country in the senate. it is incredibly disappointing and it blows my mind that the senate democrats have not been willing. senators have talked about the fact that the ipad is in existence. most of my life we have not had a budget and prioritizing spending. when i think about that, i know it is about him. because we can do a budget for this company and we can't prioritize benning have a fiscal blueprints make sure that we get ourselves on the responsible path, it is about all of us, my son, every child in this nation, what future and opportunities they will have in this great
and pass a bill to yet another fight over the debt ceiling. the most important aspect of this legislation is though boat and the house today that it surrenders the hostage republicans took in a decoupled for the full faith and credit of the united states because social security and medicare or anything else. this is a clean debt limit increase. we'll set the precedent for future debt ceiling extensions will have to have. by passing this bill, republican joint democrat to say we will not hold the full faith and credit of the united states hostage. we will pay the bills we have incurred. over the last two years, the bipartisan budget control act has been in love is in place of the congressional budget. so folks, please, every time you hear republicans talking about are not having passed a budget, understand it is not true. in fact, republicans voted on the budget control act. they hope this passÉ. it was a law. as senator murray announced today, this year the senate will return to regular order in the budget resolution to the senate floor. the house republicans had to add a gimmick or to t
. and we have sort of the best to come yet because we haven't decided on the debt ceiling and spending. and so this is where we really need leadership, which we were used to. i tend to be an optimist about the united states because people gave up on us on vietnam, on the watergate crisis, and we came charging back. i think we will do here. but it would be nice if we didn't have to go to the cliff each time to do it. >> and again, when you start talking about the kind of relationships and the kind of leadership, you know, we still seem to have this atmosphere where people talk more at each other than trying to find some common ground, some common goal in getting it down. you broach the whole growth of growth and jobs, and that is the answer to all of us. you also talk a lot about contagion on this one. we all sensed that if the european situation got worse, and they represent 23% of world gdp, the effect it's going to have on the united states, india, brazil, it's going to be real. and so with 40% of export coming here to the united states and so forth, all of a sudden we started to see
to a break of the debt ceiling crisis in compromise was reached, retaining the half. we sat by focusing on the problem of congress whose popularity is at all-time lows. you can account for the 9% popularity by blood relatives and paid staffer. with that by on congress, we could diagnose the problem for how to overcome it. >> host: was one of those prescriptions? >> guest: one of those prescription is very simple, which is congressmen need to exercise leadership by putting aside the campaigning long enough to govern. and uncompromising mindset. in order to do that, they have to spend more time in washington, less time raising money and people say that's going to hurt them in the next election. what we sais politicians didn't enter politics just to be stand on principle. few people think politicians are attracted to politics because they were the most principled people in a population. they retracted because they want to govern. leadership takes relationships. we have this phrase, which is familiarity breeds the tom. it is no accident that ted kennedy and orrin hatch crafted compromises.
the aisle, and we went up to the brink of the debt ceiling crisis before compromise was reached which was routine so we thought that by focusing on the problem of the congress whose popularity is an all-time low as john mccain said you can account for the 9% popularity of congress during the debt ceiling crisis by blood relatives and paid staffers and we felt that by focusing on the converse, we could both diagnose the problem and give some prescriptions for how to overcome it. its chemical is one of those prescriptions? >> one of those prescriptions is very simple which is congressmen need exercise, leadership by mixing mind sets by putting aside the campaign mindset long enough to govern and adopting the compromising mind set. in order to do that they need relationships so they can spend more time in washington and less time raising money and people will say that's going to hurt them in the next election but we say that the politicians didn't enter politics just to stand on principle. very few people said politicians were entrusted to politics because they were the most principled p
to decide on the debt ceiling and spending. and so this is where we really need leadership which we were used to. i tend to be an optimist about the united states because people gave up on us on vietnam, on the watergate crisis, and we came charging back. and i think we'll do it here. but it would be nice if we didn't have to go to the cliff each time to do it. >> well, you know, and again, when you start talking about the kind of relationships and the kind of leadership, you know, we till seem to have -- we still seem to have this atmosphere where people talk more at each other than trying to find some common ground, some common goal in getting it down. and, you know, you broached the whole goal of growth and jobs, and that is the answer to all of this. you also talked a lot about contagion. on this one. now, we all, you know, sensed that if the your -- european situation got worse and they're representing 22% of gdp, you know, the effect it's going to have on the united states, india and brazil is going to be real and everything. so with 40% of their exports coming here to the united s
was not rewarded. taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded, calling the obama health care plan -- which was their own only a few years earlier -- socialism was not reward withed. rewarded. that means they have to begin to rethink themselves and, importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition. so i think that was the important change that creates a new dynamic not that's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the campfire in washington making nice to one another. but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a successful effort to deal with our most pressing problems. >> host: two familiar washington faces, thomas mann and norm ornstein. "it's even worse than it looks." this is booktv on c-span2. >> is there a nonfiction author or book you'd like to see featured on booktv? send us an e-mail at booktv@c-span.org or tweet us at twitter.com/booktv. >> host: and now joining us again on booktv is senator rand paul. his second book, "government bullies." senator, who are the bullies? >> guest: well, all throughout your go
borrowing limit as soon as mid-february. so president obama will request congress to raise the debt ceiling once again. this is the fifth time the president has -- president obama has requested the debt limit be raised to allow the federal government to borrow and spend more money. but what is the point of even having a debt limit if congress simply extends the treasury's borrowing capacity each time the limit is reached? while some may say that it's irresponsible not to raise the debt limit, our nation finds itself at a point of such indebtedness that it is equally as irresponsible to extend the debt ceiling without significant reductions in federal spending. i voted against an increase to the debt limit two years ago and intend to vote against another increase unless we substantially change the way that government does business by reducing federal spending. in addition to it being alleged that it's irresponsible not to raise the debt ceiling, sometimes it's suggested that it's not compassionate to not spend money. where is the compassion in spending money that we don't have that's being b
really hit the limit. the president has asked for a very large increase in the debt ceiling, and some in the administration have called for no limit at all. others in the administration and in the house are calling for congress to give up its authority to set the debt limit, rather amazing, thus giving the executive branch unilateral authority to borrow. this is not a good idea. if the federal government does not collect enough revenue to pay for all of its spending obligations, it must borrow to make up the shortfall. everybody knows that. we are borrowing about now 42 cents of every dollar we are obligated to spend. now, this is clearly, i think everybody would agree on either side of the aisle and the public, this is an unsustainable situation which will only get worse if we do not begin meaningful discussions over our spending priorities, including, including entitlement spending to strengthen and preserve those programs for future generations. the national debt is growing. everybody has seen that chart. about $16.4 trillion. the total public debt outstanding at the end of the thi
colleagues for any kind of long-term inquiries in the debt ceiling. so let's get the process moving. no more brinksmanship, no more last-minute deals. the american people have already had to wait four years, four years for a budget from senate democrats. they shouldn't have to wait nearly as long for us to confront a debt that threatens the economy, our jobs and the future of our nation. yesterday, i laid out the remedies of the -- the realities of the fiscal challenges we face as a country. we've delayed facing them long enough. let's put the politics aside and finally do the work we were sent here to do. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from colorado. mr. udall: mr. president, i'd ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. udall: mr. president, i also ask unanimous consent i be recognized to speak for ten minutes as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered.
washington d.c. first the fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, joe biden's uncontrolled task force. these are sideshows we've allowed to take center stage in our country. as conservatives can with all the sideshow track. all of these debates are about government. governments and government power are the leading lady and they demanded government today. today's conservatives and disrupted the solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the mammoth federal debt, shortfall in entitlement programs. we seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. this is the wrong game for us to play. today's the fiscal cliff, tomorrow the fiscal armageddon. but i've got news for you. our government to stop the fiscal cliff. it happened years ago and every year for many years. today's conservatism is in love. if we can unite behind a proposal to cut the deficit and debt and put together a spreadsheet and powerpoint and tv out, all will be well. the succession procedures is focused on government. by accessing the service on the budget spreadsheet within a not-so-subtle signal to focus o
that connecting debt ceiling votes and budget negotiations -- connecting debt ceiling votes and budget negotiations was something he said that -- quote -- "we had never done in our history until we did it last year." well, that statement is false. frankly, we shouldn't be talking about responsible spending reform every time we debate any measure in congress that involves spending money. we should seniorly do it when we're debating borrowing more money. the debt limit has been used at least 20 times in the past 60 years specifically tied to debating fiscal reform. for example, in 1954, congress passed a temporary increase specifically as a way to control future finances. in 1967, the house actually defeated a debt limit increase so that it could force president johnson to quit using some of the budget tricks that he had been using. in 1970, the debate over the debt limit included amendments to cut defense spend, impose a spending cap, and freeze congressional pay until congress passed a balanced budget. in 1983, congress actually defeated a debt limit increase bill. senator russell long
. that has to change. [applause] now, the house won't consider another debt ceiling increase unless the senate passes a budget. and we're not going to just keep raising the debt ceiling. we're going to make a down payment on debt reduction, and we're going to point the country in the right direction, we're going to cut spending. [applause] you know, there will be times p when conservatives disagree on the way forward. we've never marched in lockstep. that's not what we do. a healthy debate is a good and needed thing. we can deliberate in private without fighting in public. all we should ask of each other is that we give an honest account of our actions and their reasons for them. we should challenge the left, not each other. and if we take the prudent course, you know what? we'll be in really good company. our founders were men of prudence. take james madison. nowadays we call him the founder, the father of the constitution. but at the constitutional convention, he lost some key arguments. you know, he fought the plan to give each state the same number of seats in the senate. he tho
ourselves and how there seems to be some effort by republicans, at least on the debt ceiling to avert that find, going double down on the budget side. what do you want to see happen? do you think there needs to be more conciliatory attitude with the white house or do you think the kind of attitude we have seen in the past has done good thing knows party. >> this, again, is a classic example our the democrats so much more doning to think the rum runs are obstructionist and aren't being cooperative. when president obama says he wanted balanced approach he gets pass incrises but the payroll tax is inconstituted. but what happens to spending cuts? how much spending cuts have been put on the table he accused the republicans of not want agency balanced approach and then the revenues are increased for go, where the spending cuts? i can't believe the success they have in turning the tables where they're the ones who don't want to have balanced approach. how much spending cuts have we gotten? i want to say -- >> the question is -- to go forward, the republicans? >> i'm sorry. >> the sequester
republicans the week before any default triggered by refusing to lift the debt ceiling really would be the best outcome if we could stick together in weather the storm. i was convinced her deficits had become so severe that are national credit rating would be downgraded anyway and economy to to flounder. the shock therapy of the fall could be a thing that we can congress. unless we stick together, it made little sense for me are new members to mount it, cause he mission to delay the vote and force you to follow. >> guest: first of all, ask yourself the question, when was the last time the debt limit was not increased? so do we have a tip in made in country? the answer to that is the reason were in trouble because we essentially dull. every time i pass that lets you basic, they get a raise. we've never acted responsibly to trim the waste in government. but here's the other point i made. we are going to. and here's the debt unaware going to run into in a sweat "the debt bomb" is all about. there will come a time in the near future where people won't loan us money because their expecta
limit, previous congresses and handle the and whether the president and raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval. live coverage begins at 9:30 eastern on c-span3. >> from the very start, organize militaries have always spent a lot of their time fighting and conventional, your regular warfare. you know what? those terms don't make a heck of a lot of sense. that is one of the big take aways i had from doing six years of reading and research for this book. the way we think about this subject is all messed up. we think that somehow conventional warfare is the norm, the way you modify is to have conventional armies plugging it out in the open but the reality is those of always been the exception. think about more modern world. what was the last conventional war? this is a hard question to answer because it was the russian invasion of georgia in 2008 which didn't last very long and yet all over the world today there are people dying in war whether it is afghanistan or molly or syria or condo or me and our or colombia. all these people are victims being ravaged by unconventional
our plan. he pays attention to that? jillion dollars increase in the debt ceiling is out there. with president obama with his skills, if he calls together side tad and says here's my plan to save medicare. here's a plan to save medicaid. here's my plan to fix the debt. i want bipartisan support to do that. at first because it's a difficult issue, everybody will say we can't do it that way and then we'll sit down and talk and come up with the result. i think the republican leader has shown he is prepared and willing to do that. he sat there, done it on other issues. i don't allow us the rest of us can do to show that. so what i'm trying to respectfully say today is much if anything to the president of the united states is congratulations on your inauguration. i was there prior to participate for a chance to stay for a minute and a half where we celebrate for the 57th time the inauguration of an american president. we celebrate because our country is distinguished from most other countries in the world a peaceful transition or reaffirmation. we have our political contest and the
of as irresponsible to not raise the debt ceiling. in my view, it is irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling in the absence of changing the way that we do business here, starting with the approval of the budget. thought to be compassionate to spend money. how can it be compassionate to spend money that is not yours? and for our country to have growth and economic opportunity, there is no question but what the debt and deficit is a drag on that opportunity. we have a responsibility as american citizens to right this wrong. >> i serve on the senate budget committee, and i can tell you, the most disappointing part of having served your the last two years is relatively new member, we have not done a budget for this country in the senate. it is incredibly disappointing. the senate democrats have not been willing to do the budget will we are over $16 trillion in debt. no the talk about the fact that the ipad has come into existence during the nearly four years that we have not had a budget. i happen to have a five year-old son. and so nearly most of his lifetime we have not had a budget for this c
-called debt ceiling debate, which i'm glad to see -- as we make some of the challenging choice, and i again want to compliment my friend, the senator from illinois, who has been as stalwart as anyone in this chamber stepping up and speaking truth about some of the choices and challenges we have to make, we are going to have to proceed at a level of spending that is less than what we've had in the past. but as we think about cutting back budgets, i think it is important to remember that behind many of these budgets, there are not just numbers, but there are incredible professionals who give their life's service to making a stronger, stronger nation. so with this tribute to jean and sandy, i commend these two great federal employees. i will, again, be down on a regular basis to celebrate federal employees throughout this congress, because too often many disparaged government in today's day and life sometimes disparage government service. but for jean vertifay, we might not have as safe a nation as we do today. with that, i yield the floor. mr. durbin: mr. president? the presiding officer: the
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